VBS Day 3: Outrageous Grace!

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“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” Ephesians 1:7-8a

There is nothing we can do to earn or deserve God’s grace. God gives us Jesus as a free gift! God doesn’t love us because we do good things or because we were born into a good family. God loved us first–before we did anything good or bad. And God loves us because Jesus paid the price for us. He redeemed us. The cross marks the spot! Jesus is a wonderful treasure, our wonderfully free gift.

Work it out: Build a treasure chest.

Take an old shoebox and set out some craft supplies for your kids (crayons, paint, construction paper, etc.) Have your children decorate the treasure chest however they’d like

Read it:

Read Deuteronomy 10:14-15 with your kids.

Talk about it:

  • Why did you choose to decorate the treasure chest the way that you did? (Be specific. For example, why did you choose the pink stickers?)
  • How much money would you pay for that treasure chest?
  • Did you know that God made you as his special treasure?
  • How much did God pay for us to be his treasure?

Hide it in your heart:

Memorize this definition, question and answer, and the accompanying Bible verse.

Outrageous Grace: God gives us Jesus as a free gift!

Q&A: What are the enemies of God’s grace? The lies that we’re good enough or that we can work hard enough to earn God’s love.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” Ephesians 1:7-8a

Pray:

Lord Jesus, thank you for paying the full price for our sins. Amen.

Josiah, The Eight-Year-Old King (at Home for July 13th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Josiah, The Eight-Year-Old King” (2 Chronicles 34:1-33).  Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ 2 Chronicles 34:1-33 or Story 70 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: What good things did Josiah do when he became king? Josiah began to seek God. He had people tear down the altars and high places to other gods

ASK: What did God promise Josiah? Josiah would not see God’s judgment on Israel’s idolatry because he had humbled himself. God is merciful, and he forgives everyone who trusts in him.

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in the book, Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, pages 352-356

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

63. What is the great commission Jesus gave to his church? He commissions his church to go and make disciples. We learn from Jesus and help others learn from him.

Mathew 28:19–Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit.

Download this week’s SojournKids at Home here.

VBS Day 2: Resurrecting Grace!

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“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.” Ephesians 2:4-5

The Bible says that we cannot follow God without God’s help. We are like dead skeletons. Dead skeletons have no muscles, no brain, and no heart. They have no power to move on their own. But God can make those dead skeletons live again. The Bible says that God makes us alive in Christ Jesus. He gives us power to make wise choices, power to obey him, power to live.

Work it out: Dead and Alive

Before something can be brought back to life, it has to first be dead. Have your kids pretend to be dead–perfectly silent and still. Can a dead man move? Can a dead man talk? Can a dead man get up and walk? Say, “We were dead in our sins.” Then, shout out, “But God made us alive!” Everyone stand up and dance around because you’re alive! Say, “We’re not skeletons! God has made us alive!” Practice it again and again as you say the memory verse

Read it:

Read Ezekiel 37:1-14 to your kids.

Talk about it:

  • Can a dead skeleton dance around without muscles and a brain to help it?
  • Can we obey God’s voice without his help?
  • What happened when Ezekiel preached to the bones?

Hide it in your heart:

Memorize this definition, question and answer, and the accompanying Bible verse.

Resurrecting Grace: When we were dead, God made us alive!

Q&A: Can you come to God in your own power? No. We are dead in sin, and we need the Holy Spirit to make us alive.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5

Pray:

Holy Spirit, we are dead without you. We need you to come and make us alive.

Revival Under Josiah (Kids in Community for July 13th)

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Download the free Revival series devotional here!

Applying God’s Word with your Kids in your Community Group

  • How do proud people walk? (let them act it out… nose in air, smug, arms crossed, bragging)
  • In what ways do we sometimes show the pride of our hearts? (talk about ourselves, not seek forgiveness, not give forgiveness, etc.)
  • Invite a child to pray, then conclude by asking God to help us live humbly.

Family Devotions at Home

  • Read 2 Chronicles 34 together
  • Why is cleaning the bathroom so hard?
  • What about the dishes or our rooms? (They are all messy jobs requiring humility)
  • When you hear God’s word, how do you respond?
  • Parents: Share a story about how God is teaching you greater humility.
  • Confess your pride together and ask God to help us humbly follow him.

VBS Day 1: Planned Grace!

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“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world. In love, he predestined us.” Ephesians 1:4-5a

Before God made the heavens and earth, he had a plan. God mapped out salvation for the people he loves. That’s what that word predestined in our verse for today means. God picked out whom he would save. And he decided just how he would save them. God doesn’t have a plan B. This plan he is working out for his people is the one that he had before he even made the world. And it’s the one he fully accomplished when Jesus died on the cross. When God chooses us, our salvation is guaranteed, because God has planned out our salvation from beginning to end!

Work it out: Build a pirate ship!

Help your kids understand God’s planned grace by building a pirate ship with them. Start with a large appliance box. One can be found at a hardware or appliance store. Remove one long side from the box and set it on the ground. Ask your children to imagine the box as a pirate ship. Then work with your kids to paint or draw their ship on the side of the box with markers. Finally, cut a triangle out of an old sheet or t-shirt, and tape it to a broom handle or stick. Attach that to the box. You’re all set for a pirate adventure!

Read it:

Read Acts 27:13-44 to your kids while they are in the boat. Feel free to have other family members or a friend spray the children with water bottles or use buckets to “bail out” the ship as you’re reading.

Talk about it:

  • Why Paul wasn’t worried for his safety? He trusted God to stick to his plan.
  • What does it take to make a plan? Maybe talk about how you make lists—a shopping plan—before going to the grocery store.
  • Who is the best planner?
  • How does it make you feel that God loves you and has a plan for you?

Hide it in your heart:

Memorize this definition, question and answer, and the accompanying Bible verse.

Planned Grace: God mapped out salvation for his people.

Q&A: When did God choose to love and save his people? God planned to love and save his people before the creation of the world.

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world. In love, he predestined us.” Ephesians 1:4-5a

Pray:

Father, thank you for loving us and making a plan to save your people before the world began. Amen.

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